Celebrating Learning

Celebrating Learning

25 November 2019

At Nurtured at Home, Educators use either scrapbooks or online Storypark to record children’s learning. We celebrate children’s learning and development through stories, photos, artwork and samples of children's work (like writing samples).  All children enrolled with Nurtured at Home have their own portfolios, with both Educators and Visiting Teachers contributing to these on a regular basis.  Families can also contribute to their child’s scrapbook or Storypark account to share all the things their child may enjoy doing and be interested in at home.

Each Educator with Nurtured at Home is provided with a camera so they can capture precious moments of learning, and through these we can have an insight into each individual child's learning and development.  Through this documentation, Educators can notice, recognise and respond to children's interests, engage with families, and plan an educational programme that best suits each individual child's learning needs and interests.

Photographs are a great way to capture children's significant stages of development and learning, and provide a visual documentation of children's learning.  Photos can also be used to:

  • Build children's self-esteem.  Using photos to record children's projects or creations demonstrates that you value them and their work.
  • Use photos as springboards for children's literacy experiences.  Take a photo of something that interests a child and let them tell a story about it.
  • Use photos to document trips and outings.  Children can revisit the experience by putting the photographs in the order that they happened and/or retell the story, which can then be developed into a wonderful language development activity.

Portfolios are a wonderful resource for children to revisit, as it allows them to identify and tell us about their own learning and what is happening for them. This gives each child a “voice” in their own individual journey of growth and development.